Dead Bee Question

Discussion in 'Beekeeping 101' started by letitbee, Jul 4, 2011.

  1. letitbee

    letitbee New Member

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    I was watching a few bees dragging dead ones out of the hive onto the grass in front of the hive and it seems like the bees have a hard time getting shed of the dead one, they drag the dead ones through the grass to try to release it. I have also seen a couple just fly off with the dead bee still attached. What makes it so hard for them to release a dead bee?
     
  2. Murrell

    Murrell New Member

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    They are just trying to drag/carry the remains far enough away from the hive.
    They often fly some distance from the hive.

    It's not hard to release, just the bees way of housekeeping.

    Murrell
     

  3. efmesch

    efmesch Active Member

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    Maybe they're hesitant to part from a lost sister?
     
  4. tecumseh

    tecumseh New Member

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    ever watch bees festoon in a package or when they cluster? they have little hooks (I think on their legs) where they can cling together in chains. detaching themselves is not so simple.